Catherine Allen, Dip Con, MBACP - Islington & The City
11-12 Tokenhouse Yard
City Road Therapy
335 City Road
I'm an experienced psychotherapeutic counsellor working in private practice in Islington, Bank and Chancery Lane, offering both brief, solution-focussed and longer term therapy. I have also worked within a specialist bereavement service and the NHS, with a wide variety of issues including depression, anxiety, relationship breakdown and life transitions.
I offer an initial 'no commitment' meeting, which provides an opportunity to discuss why you're considering counselling and help you to decide whether I'm the right fit for you.
Where to begin?
Searching for a therapist can feel daunting. You've decided you would like to talk to someone - but where to begin?
People seek counselling for many different reasons. Some may have experienced depression or anxiety for a long time. Others have only recently begun to feel overwhelmed by issues arising from relationships or work.
Perhaps a seemingly unrelated event has reignited past emotions or you're finding it hard to cope following bereavement or other losses. You may be struggling with a life transition or an important decision and need a place to think out loud.
Alternatively, you may simply wish to experience a greater depth and meaning in your life and relationships.
Why choose me?
I don't believe there's a general template for how each individual is supposed to be and I embrace difference and diversity.
The most important element in life is our relationship to both ourselves and others. Therefore, it's essential that any counselling relationship offers an opportunity to experience a sense of trust and acceptance. I aim to provide warmth and understanding in a non-judgmental atmosphere, enabling you to hear your own voice, perhaps for the first time.
How I work
I see therapy as an opportunity to explore your potential for flexibility and change. I use my experience and expertise to provide a space in which you can begin to feel able to make choices about the future.
I describe my way of working as 'integrative', which simply means that you aren't expected to fit into any particular theoretical category. It's grounded in acknowledging the importance of your earliest relationships and how the ideas you may have internalised about yourself and carried forward into adult life may no longer be appropriate or helpful.
I call on a variety of approaches, suited to your particular needs. We may focus on a current dilemma and work towards a specific goal or explore past experiences in more depth - helping you to gain understanding and insight into your individual experience.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at the Minster Centre, London and my qualifications include a Diploma in Integrative Counselling.
I am committed to continuing professional development and attend regular supervision.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy and I abide by the BACP Code of Ethics.
My clinical experience has involved working with a wide variety of issues, including:
Childhood sexual, physical and emotional abuse
Adult abusive relationships
Adults who grew up without a father
Transition, including becoming a parent; adjusting to an empty nest; divorce and separation; retirement and redundancy
I am also especially interested in issues arising from the experience of adults born prematurely, cultural difference and identity
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
I work in private practice in Islington (Angel) and at two locations in the City (Bank and Chancery Lane).
Fee: Initial No Commitment Appointment (1 hour) : £50
Subsequent weekly appointments (50 minutes): A sliding scale, which can be agreed when we meet.
I also offer a limited number of low-cost spaces.
Please call/email if you have any questions or would like to arrange a meeting.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Early Mornings, Day and Evenings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|